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    Everyone happy with how the ASK WHITECHAPEL thread's going so far? Think it's working out pretty well m'self.

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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011

    So I have a pair of walking boots. Every single time I wear them, within 20 minutes they've open up blisters on the back of my ankle.

    I've tried wearing thicker socks, thinner socks. Nothing.

    I've even put anti-blister compression plasters on, and the boots just chew straight through them and start eating at my feet again.

    What's the best way to break the bastards in so I can actually use them and go walking?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011

    gah, I hate the back of the ankle thing. Thick socks usually just work for me, though what I do is I get thick socks and then fold the leg part of it back down so that I have a double layer of sock material over my ankles. You can also try wearing them for shorter periods of time so that you can develop callouses there. I don't have them anymore but when I first started wearing my boots, that spot on my achilles heel were the boot rubs eventually just developed callouses and that made wearing them a lot easier.
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    While probably not actually a solution to your problem, I've heard of hard core hikers duct taping their feet so the the boot friction is against the tape and not the skin. You could try that before going for a long walk. Of course you could also try wrapping your feet in raw bacon. Who am I to tell you how to live your life?
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    What we used to do with new Doc Martens back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth was strap 'em on nice and tight then go and stand in a hot bath in 'em for 10 minutes. Then let dry overnight in a warm room. You can also rub back high points inside with a hot spoon.
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    Caveat - the bath thing won't work if you've already waterproofed them. Seems obvious but you never know.
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    I just used to accept the crippling blisters as an essential rite of passage and march on through the pain and the bloody socks and eventually there wasn't anything left to blister, the ever-present scab would just come off and lubricate the area with blood and by that point the boots would have been broken in and I would be walking with sticks.

    I realise that's not a palatable choice though and would suggest you follow the tips outlined above...

    Have had success by just wearing boots in slowly, 10 mins or so at a time over several days/weeks, before they have a chance to cause damage. Have you tried two thin pairs of socks? Sometimes that helps as the socks rub against each other rather than the heel.
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    I generally use a pair of really tight, thin socks with a pair of wool socks over top of them.

    Sometimes, on particularly obstinate boots, try sitting around in them while you're at home for a couple of hours. Sometimes it works really well, sometimes not.
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    As sellmeyoursoul commented, DUCT TAPE. Shiny, smooth, grey duct tape. Slap on a single layer in the morning, peel it off in the evening, wear the boots all day. The smooth surface lets the boots slide back and forth easily, the toughness protects the skin, and the adhesive holds everything together. When it comes to wearing in boots it is the stuff of the gods.

    I shall say it again. DUCT TAPE!!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011

    Does anyone have any experience with sugar gliders? My boyfriend inherited one when his ex girlfriend got from from some guy on craigslist, and then abandoned it here when she moved out. He's since been taking care of it but really doesn't like it, so for the past year we've been dating I hated it, too - it smells, barks at night, pees on you when you hold it, etc. etc.

    Anyway, a couple weeks ago someone interested in it was asking questions about sugar gliders and I took it upon myself to actually do some research on them. Since then, i've been actually going through the bonding process with little stinky and now I'm actually very fond of him. Needless to say, the person is no longer interested and now that I actually like it, I want to keep it.

    Thing is, his cage is SCARCE. It has a running wheel, some branches, the food tray and feeding bottle, and his pouch. That's it, nothing else. I want him to get some more stimulation, so I was wondering what kinds of toys they actually like. I've been looking online and I've already gotten a few ideas, but some of the things people sell as "glider toys" look outright stupid, and to me looks more like a thing that makes the cage look more colorful than a thing that a sugar glider actually likes to interact with.

    So, my question is, does anyone here have experience with sugar gliders as pets, and if so, what toys do they actually use?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
    # boots

    Try soaping the boots -soak the inside of the heel where it's chafing with hot water then take a bar of soap and apply liberally.

    Haven't donw this for ages but when I did the soap actually seemed to make the leather softer and it molded more to the contours of my feet.
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    Hair conditioner isn't bad for softening stiff boots, as with the soap. Conditioner works by softening proteins such as the keratin in your hair, or the collagen in skin (and leather).
    • CommentAuthorrough night
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011 edited
    #christmas shopping

    So, I've had a strangely difficult time finding a particular present for a friend. She wants a black scarf with colorful trim on the ends, of a width, length, and material that she can use as a belt. So sturdy, crumplable, and a bit on the long, narrow side. I can't find one anywhere, despite searching Etsy, Amazon, and many local shops. Anyone know where I could find such a thing? Preferably, it would come from a store in North America, so I can be sure it can be shipped to me in time for Christmas.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    #Android input problem

    My tablet (it's a Viewsonic Viewpad 7) has suddenly decided to switch from a virtual qwerty keyboard to some retarded phone-stye multi-tap text input. It's doen this is in all apps and I can't figure out how to change it back.

    Any suggestions?
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    There's a song I've been seeking for a few years now. It's a jazz rendition of Carol of the Bells but done in primarily clarinets and other woodwinds. It's haunting and beautiful and I've not been able to track it down. Anyone?
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    #Android input problem

    Press and hold the input area until a EDIT TEXT menu pops up, select INPUT METHOD. Or goto SETTINGS -> LANGUAGE AND KEYBOARDS to change it.
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    Get a tin of dubbin. Apply liberally inside and out until leather softens.

    (Squaddies of my acquaintance swear by the stuff. However, they sometimes soften the leather further - with a mallet.)
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    @Beamish - problem solved - thanks. I was looking in that menu but the option for selecting the input method was very confusingly named.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    ^ agreed, took me a while the first go around.
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    Seems my website ( is giving visitors "malware detected!" warnings. (Specifically for Chrome users, apparently - anyone confirm/deny?) Given that I'm functionally techuseless and don't even know where to begin with clearing this up - and will quite possibly unleash the urethral maggots upon anyone who tries to advise me in a non-kidgloves way, because I'm horrible like that - here is my roar of Internet Misery:

    Hay. Elp.